"Spider-Man's costume set the color scheme (or lack thereof) for the whole of them team, intending as it does to refer both to his traditional black costume and his Future Foundation duds. The only element I didn't feel comfortable changing the color of was Thor's cape, so that red became my accent color for the whole set. I especially enjoy the cord that attaches to Beast's Nez Pince; I imagine it clips to his fur somewhere on the back of his head.
"I've always hated the fact that Vision wore a cape and cowl, so I ditched it and tried to bring his android-nature to the forefront (this is a version of the original, rather than the current iteration). You can't see it in the Assembled image, but I also gave him toes, which is a detail I spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about."
"Hellcat, having tutored under Strange seemed like a good team mate for him. Patsy Walker having volunteered for the 50 State Innitiative under Tony Stark, seemed like she might be in line for some subtle armor enhancements, and serious claw upgrade. Patsy walkers history as a model also lead me to believe she may be a bit to vain to run around with a cowl, and that a smaller mask could show some face, adn all that red hair shes been growing out!
"Spider-Woman and her blonde hair are due to me taking a cue from the Luna Brothers Spider-Woman Origin story. she is there identified to be a natural blonde who dyed her hair when she was on the run to black/dark brown, and it stuck. Here she has gone through a clarifying wash, and is sporting her natural color. The black in her uniform elongates her form, and her breastplate bears engravings that have subtle ties to her so far life long uniform. Her metallic shoulder armor house a mechanism that can expand and contract her armpit webs, and her colors are more on key with Spiderman's sort of putting them in a similar spider family.
"War Machine is always portrayed as being so clunky and cumbersome next to his counterpart Iron Man. Current machines of war, such as remote spy planes and similar futuristic tech only lead me to believe that his armor would evolve as such. James is equipped with hovering/disposable shoulder and wrist cannons, and the entire armor shell is made of a super dense, harder than Iron compressed ceramic material. The details on his black "glass" face plate reveal the War Machine readouts as James sees them from inside.
"Thing is best known for wearing panties in public while barefoot, and being depressed about his albeit useful disfigurement. I imagined that giving him more clothing and shoes could lend a sense of normalcy to this homespun guy. his need for armor is nonexistent, and his need for weapons is diminished by his giant clumsy rock hands, and his immense strength. His color pallet is also to help our friend Thing feel like an individual, separating him from his roots with the Fantastic Four and the Future Foundation."
"Luke Cage/Powerman: Keeping it fairly simple, I quite like his non costume/costume approach, so I tried to keep it something that he would actually wear, which links back to the original Luke Cage costume of canary yellow with chains and armbands, while remembering the growth of the character and keeping it real, but with a bit of a fantastical twist.
"Photon, back to the name because there is only space for one pseudonym-less character on this team! Monica is so kick @$$, it is an actual travesty she isn't used more than she is currently. She is probably one of the most powerful superhumans within the MU, and is also a woman of colour, something that is often lacking. I see Monica more as the group chairperson, utilizing her business know how. I wanted to keep it familiar, but modernise the costume a tad; I kept te basic striking colour scheme, and the massive sleeves, as they are AWESOME! I simplified the chest design a bit, and gave her a skirt. Retro is in at the moment.
"Scarlet Witch is my all time favourite Avenger, and hey, its about time. Powerful sorceress, the team's magic wielder, and stays grounded through her love of the Vision, her constant rock, has perhaps a bit of a toned down power set, more like she used to have before she went crazy. I wanted to play close to Wanda's iconic costumes, with the corsetry implied, the tiara on show, but a more updated version, as this is a strong woman who would have grown out of the skimpy clothes. I have kept some skin on show though, just to reference the character, but hoped this was someting of a more grown up version of the Wanda I love.
"Vision as mentioned, is Wanda's rock and also the heart of the whole of the Avengers as I see it. I wanted the Vision to look a little bit more like an android, as opposed to the painted man he has looked since his creation. I attempted to incorporate a lot more texture within the suit and body, and liked te idea of him having a hood as well as the collar that is part of his usual costume, so I morphed it and included both in the end. I wanted to bring in more angles as I think it fits more with the cybernetic side of things, but I kept the colours similar to what we know and love, although a little more muted.
"Songbird is way past due for a redesign! I wanted to hark back her her origins as Screaming Mimi and bring into it the punkish aspects with the hair, geisha-like makeup and colar, but I also really wanted Songbird to have a minimal, yet striking, design. I played around with curves here, referencing her energy signature that can be seen whilst in flight, the muted colours are something I hoped would be reminiscent of a bird -- that and the hairstyle giving a sort of birds crown/cocks comb effect.
"It was my intention with this team to have a balanced and well rounded team; I liked the idea of them perhaps being a shadow team, a lot of the powers at play lend themselves to espionage, but on reflection I think this team could also be a fine stand in, with a few additions as Earth's Mightiest Heroes themselves!"